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A Challenging Question

Today I am asking a simple question:

“Is God the first one you turn to, or your last resort?”

I’ll be honest, many times when a problem has reared it’s ugly head, I’ve tried to solve it myself first, then turned to my husband for help, then turn to someone/something else and finally when none of that works/ makes me feel any better…I’ll turn to God. I read somewhere today that:

“the only reason we fail to pray is because we’ve made an idol out of self… it’s my own inflated sense of self-importance, the elevation of my work, my agenda, that keeps me from prayer… that’s called idol worship… I don’t pray enough because I’m [too busy] practicing idol worship.”

Well, that was a slap in the face. But so true. It breaks God’s heart that so many people (myself included) would essentially turn to idol worship first, making God a last resort instead of taking a few minutes to place Him in the driver’s seat, and to hand Him the keys once again. So think about this question and what it may mean needs to change in your life:

“Is God the first one you turn to, or your last resort?”

5 Things I’m Grateful For This Week

[it feels good to be doing this again!]

1. I’m so thankful for new opportunities. There’s always something more that God has for you, there’s no limit to the amount of blessings and excitement and new prospects He can choose to pour out on you.

2. Incredibly thankful for my loving husband who works so hard and serves God and His church so well. I can’t believe I’m the one who gets to serve and lead by his side – I’m not worthy! Just another example of God’s grace and His unfailing ability to erase the past and create new beginnings.

3. Grateful for an incredible group of college students who Chris and I have the privilege of leading, serving and teaching. They teach me new things constantly – about ministry, about leadership and American culture! Love you guys.

4. I am a self-confessed foodie, so it’s only fair that I feel incredibly thankful for food…I guess it’s the Greek coming out in me – but seriously, I’m so thankful for the ability to get creative with cooking! Perhaps I will post some recipes one day…

5. Grateful to see people around me actively following God’s calling on their lives, even when it means sacrifice and some degree of oppression as a result. I am continuously inspired by the people around me who are so active in serving God – whether it’s down the street from where they live or thousands of miles away.

5 things I’m grateful for this week

1. God’s provision in every area of my life, from flights to medical bills to jobs, God knows about them and takes care of them

2. Good music. We live just next to Asheville, NC and constantly have awesome bands come to play. Tonight we’re going to see Need to Breathe at The Orange Peel and in October we’re hitting Moogfest (Jonsi, MGMT, School of Seven Bells, Mutemath and Bonobo are just a few of the acts I’m excited to see!).

3. Great friends and family. Life would be very lonely and boring without the giggles sent to me by people all over the world.

4. Time away. Often ministry (especially when paired with a secular job) can be very physically, spiritually and emotionally draining so I am extremely grateful for time away to relax, spend time with my man and God in a different setting (= refreshing!).

5. My husband. God has blessed me SO much with an amazing man who loves God, loves me and loves food and music (WOOHOO) in that order. He is my best friend and everyday I thank God for him.

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